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Archduchess Francesca: “Austrians Are At Crossroads”

  May 22, 2016 at 1:26 pm by

Archduchess Francesca, wife of the head of the Austrian imperial family, wrote an open letter to the Austrian newspaper ‘Kurier’. In the letter she focussed on the presendential elections in Austria that were held today. The article mentions that the Archduchess herself can not vote in the elections, but if she could, she would vote for Alexander van der Bellen and not for his opponent Norbert Hofer. In her letter … Continue reading

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On This Day: Wedding of Carlos of Portugal and Amélie d’Orléans

  May 22, 2016 at 8:08 am by

On this day in 1886 Crown Prince Carlos of Portugal married Princess Amélie of France, member of the house of Orléans, in a ceremony in Lisbon. Two years earlier Amélie’s aunt played matchmaker for the couple. In 1884 Duchess Clementine of Saxe-Coburg, Amelie’s paternal aunt, visited the royal court in Lisbon, where she praised the qualities of her niece Princess Amelia to Queen Maria Pia of Portugal, and also showed the queen a … Continue reading

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Prince Christian Teams Up With Father In Sailing Competition

  May 22, 2016 at 7:52 am by

This weekend Prince Christian of Denmark teamed up with his father, Crown Prince Frederik, in a sailing competition, the “Danish Open Dragon Championship.” The competition started from the Dragør Harbour in Copenhagen. A proud crown prince told the press about his sons sailing skills: “he did it excelently.” On saturday the prince had some extra supporters cheering him on. His mother, Crown Princess Mary and his siblings Pirncesses Isabella and … Continue reading

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Queen Silvia’s Surprise Visit To Hamburg

  May 21, 2016 at 10:54 am by

The people who were shopping in Hamburg, Germany yesterday afternoon were in for a big surprise. Queen Silvia made an unaannounced visit to the Clas Ohlson luxery hardware store. The Swedish-owned store was opened only a day before. The news that Queen Silvia visited the shop spread quickly. While the queen was shown around the electronic tools and furniture a large group of spectators and press quickly gathered outside. The … Continue reading

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Dom Duarte: “I Am Very Proud Of My Children”

  May 21, 2016 at 10:41 am by

Dom Duarte, Duke of Bragança and head of the royal family of Portugal, spoke to the Belgian magazine L’Eventail about his children, his causes, his role in Portugal and about his connections to the Belgian royal family. The duke was asked about the fact that unlike Spain, Portugal did not become a monarchy again after the death of their facist leader, Salazar. The duke replied that Salazar did think of … Continue reading

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Amedeo And Lili Show Daughter Anna Astrid For the First Time

  May 20, 2016 at 11:38 am by

Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archuke of Austria-Este, his wife Elisabetta (Lili) and their newborn daughter left the hospital in Brussels where the little Archduchess was born earlier this week. They shortly posed for the press and prince Amedeo replied to a few questions. The name of the baby was also revealed: Anna Astrid. She is 7th in line of succession to the Belgian throne.  Amedeo told the press in fluent … Continue reading

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Brazilian Prince Keeps Hopes Up During Dilma’s Impeachement

  May 20, 2016 at 6:55 am by

Prince Bertrand of Brazil, heir to his elder brother Prince Luís Gastão, head of the Imperial family of Brazil, spoke to the newspaper Financial Times two days ago. The author of the article stressed the difference between the prince’s grandiose names, title and hopes and his actual living condition: he lives in a rented two-bedroom house in São Paulo, with a narrow kitchen and a Toyota Primus in the driveway. … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Dress Up For Diplomatic Corps

  May 20, 2016 at 6:19 am by

Yesterday evening the Dutch royal family hosted a reception for the diplomatic corps in the royal palace in Amsterdam. Since the enthronement of King Willem-Alexander we are able to see some photos of the royal ladies and their jewels as they left the palace. Queen Máxima recycled a red dress by Natan from 2006. She paired it with the ruby tiara of Mellerio parure. She attached a brooch of the … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Queen Louise of Denmark

  May 20, 2016 at 5:59 am by

Exactly 90 years ago, on this day in 1926, Queen Louise of Denmark died in Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. The Queen was born Princess Lovisa Josefina Eugenia of Sweden, daughter of King Carl XV of Sweden and Norway and Princess Louise of The Netherlands. Louise was the only surviving child from her parents marriage and would inherit a fortune from her Dutch grandfather Prince Frederik of The Netherlands. Her father … Continue reading

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New Career For Archduchess Francesca?

  May 20, 2016 at 5:24 am by

The vivacious Archduchess Francesca, wife of the head of the Austrian Imperial family is playing a small role in a costume drama for the Austrian television. The series created by ORF is Vienna’s famous Hotel Sacher and is set in the belle epoque. ‘Das Sacher’ is directed by Robert Dornhelm, a friend of the Archduchess. In her film debut Francesca has a small role as an English diplomat. For the … Continue reading

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Queen Rania Buys Chocolates In “Charming Old” Bruges

  May 20, 2016 at 5:01 am by

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan finished their state visit to Belgium yeserday with a visit to the town of Zeebrugge and the city of Bruges in West Flanders. in Bruges the royals visited a school and the Memling museum. Afterwards they walked through the town and participated with the crowds. The royal party was greeted by the governor of the province and by the mayor of Bruges. … Continue reading

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra Opens Her Own Sculpture Park

  May 20, 2016 at 4:42 am by

Yesterday Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway opened the Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park in the gardens of Oslo’s royal palace. The sculpture park which focuses on children was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of king Harald’s reign. The princess was not alone: King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette Marit, Prince Sverre and Princess Astrid were all there. The King held a short speech in which … Continue reading

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Selfies With Queen Máxima

  May 20, 2016 at 4:27 am by

Yesterday Queen Máxima of The Netherlands went to Utrecht to attend the start of the  action week ‘Kansen Krijgen, Kansen Pakken’ (to get chances and to grab chances). The week will show how young Dutch people with a non-Western background overcame barriers and became successful in whatever they are doing. The Queen was dressed in a Natan outfit and wore an enormous hat by Fabiënne Delvigne. She posed for the inevitable … Continue reading

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On This Day: Wedding of Constantijn and Laurentien

  May 19, 2016 at 5:59 pm by

On this day in 2001 prince Constantijn of The Netherlands married Laurentien Brinkhorst in a religious ceremony in the Grote Kerk in The Hague. Today they celebrate their crystal wedding: 15 years. The couple had known each other for a long time. Their mothers were friends form the time they both studied in Leiden while in 2001 Laurentien’s father served as minister of agriculture. Two days before the religious wedding … Continue reading

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Count of Paris Clarifies French Succession

  May 19, 2016 at 4:09 am by

In a document written to royalty magazine ‘Point de Vue’ Prince Henri of France, count of Paris and head of the house of France, announced that he intends to settle his estate in strict accordance with the French monarchical tradition while keeping in mind the profound disability of his eldest son, Prince François, Count of Clermont: “The fundamental laws of the Kingdom, implemented when the king is too young or … Continue reading

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Prince Davit Hosted Birthday Dinner For Dom Duarte

  May 19, 2016 at 3:38 am by

Prince Davit of Bagration-Mukhrani -or ‘Crown Prince Davit of Georgia’- hosted a birthday dinner for Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Bragança and head of the Portuguese royal family in Tblisi. Dom Duarte turned 71 on May 15th. According to the website of the Georgian royal family: Dom Duarte Pio of Portugal was treated to a superb banquet of traditional Georgian gastronomy and wine, which he very much enjoyed. (…) The … Continue reading

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Speeches, Orders, Diamonds and Gowns at Laeken For Jordan’s King and Queen

  May 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm by

Tonight the Belgian king and queen hosted a state banquet for king Abdullah II and queen Rania of Jordan at the palace of Laeken. Jordan’s king and queen both received the Leopold order while the king of Belgium wore the order of al-Hussein bin Ali.  Queen Mathilde received the Supreme Order of the Renaissance. Queen Rania was dressed in a black and white dress, wearing a diamond bracelet as a … Continue reading

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Will Infanta Cristina Move To Lisbon?

  May 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm by

The Spanish press has been speculating about a move of Infanta Cristina to Lisbon, Portugal. At the moment the princess and her family are living in Geneva, Switzerland where she is working for the foundation of the Aga Khan. On May 11th it became clear that the Aga Khan had acquered the Henrique Mendoça Palace in Lisbon as he plans to tranfer his organisation from Geneva to the Portuguese capital. … Continue reading

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Wine and Cakes as Felipe and Letizia Visit Castilla La Mancha

  May 18, 2016 at 9:40 am by

The king and queen of Spain visited three towns in the region Castilla La Mancha today. The first stop was Villanueva de los Infantes, afterwards they went to Tomelloso and Talavera de la Reina. In each town the king and queen were greeted by large and enthousiastic crowds. Among other things, the monarchs visited the largest wine cooperative in Europe. TRF moderator Annie_S shares the following anecdote: Last time a … Continue reading

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Death of Prince Luitpold of Liechtenstein

  May 18, 2016 at 7:30 am by

Prince Luitpold of Liechtenstein has died in Judenburg in the Steiermark, Austria on May 11th at the age of 77. His funeral will be held at the parish church of Saint Nicholas in Judenburg on May the 21st. The prince was born in 1940 in Würzburg to Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein and his wife countess Hertha Maria Wolfskeen von Reichenberg. In 1969 he married countess Ursula of Habsburg, granddaughter of … Continue reading

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